Phil's Food Reviews

Activate Defend Raspberry Citrus, Glutino GF Pretzel Chips, Dr Praeger's Thai Veggie Burgers, Evolve Peach Kefir, Tate's Bake Shop Whole Wheat Dark Chocolate Cookies

4 out these 5 products were HITS!

  • Activate Defend Raspberry Citrus
  • Glutino GF Pretzel Chips
  • Dr Praeger's Thai Veggie Burgers 
  • Evolve Low Fat Peach Kefir 
  • Tate's Bake Shop Cookies 

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SCORE

84

Activate  : Defend
Raspberry Citrus

TASTE

23 / 30

VALUE

18 / 20

NUTRITION

15 / 15

INGREDIENTS

12 / 15

PREPARATION

5 / 5

APPEARANCE

5 / 5

PACKAGING

5 / 5

SUSTAINABILITY

1 / 5

TOTAL

84 / 100
 

You've probably seen this packaging before. The cap contains the ingredients, you twist it and they  release into the water. Why? In this case- vitamins A and C loose their strength sitting in water, so its to protect their potency. This drink contains 30% of the RDA for vitamin A, just a little bit more than the average of 23%, and 250% vitamin C, which is 3 times the average. Zero calories as it is sweetened with stevia. The aroma and the taste at first seem overpowering and almost artificial.

$1.99   16.9 fl oz

Rising Beverage Co
877.420.1850
www.activatedrinks.com

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Activate  : Defend
SCORE

85

Glutino: Pretzel Chips
Gluten Free

This product is a HIT!

TASTE

28 / 30

VALUE

18 / 20

NUTRITION

12 / 15

INGREDIENTS

13 / 15

PREPARATION

5 / 5

APPEARANCE

4 / 5

PACKAGING

5 / 5

SUSTAINABILITY

0 / 5

TOTAL

85 / 100
 

One of the hardest recipes to make gluten free is a good, tasty and crisp pretzel. This recipe is perfect, just the right amount of salt and actually delicious. The only thing I'll never get used to is how the pretzels are almost flat versus being rounded. More fiber than average and less sugar than average. One serving, which is 11 pretzels is just 120 calories. By the way the twisted shape of a pretzel is a good luck symbol.

$Niwot,5.29   6 oz (170 g)

Glutino
201.421.3970
www.glutino.com

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Glutino: Pretzel Chips
SCORE

86

Dr. Praeger's Sensible Foods: Veggie Burger
Thai

This product is a HIT!

TASTE

27 / 30

VALUE

17 / 20

NUTRITION

13 / 15

INGREDIENTS

14 / 15

PREPARATION

5 / 5

APPEARANCE

5 / 5

PACKAGING

5 / 5

SUSTAINABILITY

0 / 5

TOTAL

86 / 100
 

When it comes to veggie burgers it's hit or miss. This one is a hit. Cooked perfectly in the microwave in just 2 1/2 minutes and tastes great. The first ingredient is actually red pepper, followed by rice, onions, carrots, string beans and soy beans. It's full of flavor and not chewy like some others. There's only 190 mg of sodium, far less than the average and 4 grams of fiber - and only 150 calories per burger. Go Dr. Praeger!

$4.59   11 oz

Dr. Praeger's Sensible Foods
201.703.1300
www.drpraegers.com

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Dr. Praeger's Sensible Foods: Veggie Burger
SCORE

91

Evolve: Greek Kefir
Peach

This product is a HIT!

TASTE

27 / 30

VALUE

17 / 20

NUTRITION

15 / 15

INGREDIENTS

15 / 15

PREPARATION

5 / 5

APPEARANCE

5 / 5

PACKAGING

5 / 5

SUSTAINABILITY

2 / 5

TOTAL

91 / 100
 

Imagine, 100 billion probiotic cultures in this cup. Kefir is made from cultured fresh milk, has twice as much protein as traditional yogurt and is much thicker. This is a taste that takes some getting used to, so be sure to stir the fruit from the bottom thoroughly if you want to mask the very tangy flavor. Companies have tried to sell kefir for years, but now with the success of Greek yogurt this might be the time. Just 120 calories as compared to the average Greek yogurt that has 142 calories - and this has half as much fat.

$1.99   5.3 oz

EJZ Foods
www.evolvekefir.com

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Evolve: Greek Kefir
SCORE

92

Tate's Bake Shop: Cookies
Whole Wheat Dark Chocolate

This product is a HIT!

TASTE

30 / 30

VALUE

19 / 20

NUTRITION

13 / 15

INGREDIENTS

15 / 15

PREPARATION

5 / 5

APPEARANCE

5 / 5

PACKAGING

5 / 5

SUSTAINABILITY

0 / 5

TOTAL

92 / 100
 

The Hamptons get a bad rap these days and for good reason, but theses cookies could start to change that. Made with 100% whole wheat flour and dark chocolate chips that melt in your mouth. This is one of the best cookies I have had in years - thin, crispy and delicious. Only 80 calories per cookie compared to 136 for the category and 5 grams of sugars, which is almost half. The cookies come in 2 stay fresh packs per bag.

$4.99   7 oz

Tate's Bake Shop
631.780.6511
www.tatesbakeshop.com

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Tate's Bake Shop: Cookies
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